Kirk Nieuwenhuis hits three home runs Sunday, will hit one again next season

In three swings, Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit his quota.Not one to be confused with a slugger, the Mets utility outfielder entered Sunday's home game against the Diamondbacks with zero home runs on the season. As his .106/.192/.182 slash line for the season suggests, Nieuwenhuis doesn't pack much punch from the plate. His hitting woes likely led to his return to the Mets in the first place, as he spent 10 games with the Angels to begin the season before being released. MORE: Each team's HR king | Active HR leaders (list not long enough to include Niewenhuis)And on Sunday, unexpectedly, that $525,000 waiver purchase paid off for the Mets. Nieuwenhuis hit not one, not two, but three home runs against the Diamondbacks as the Mets won 5-3, becoming the first Met to do so in Flushing — ever.Kirk Nieuwenhuis is the first #Mets player to ever hit 3 home runs in a home game.— New York Mets (@Mets) July 12, 2015But as School House Rock taught us once upon a playtime, three is the magic number. Especially when it comes to Nieuwenhuis's home run total. You see, he hit three home runs in all of 2013. A

nd he hit three home runs again in 2014. (His 2012 total of seven home runs clearly represents an outlier.)So take a bow, Kirk Nieuwenhuis. You made it. We can't wait until 2016 when you hit your next one.